What's in my Camera Bag?

Quick gear snapshot.

See notes for contents.

This isn't a static configuration as the macro lens isn't in here, nor are the radio triggers or the nifty 50.

Bag is a Tamrac Expedition 7.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 5th August 2009, This photo: 6:57pm

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  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    oh - i didn't know you had a 30D
  • accesser said:
    Sweet, That 400mm is next on my list as I want the faster focus for birds Nicely packed I change around so much the dividers a mess
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    gee dave, a new prime lens. you don't get enough do you, lol! congrats. hmm, which reminds me i need to update mine.
    oh, what happened to your 100-400mm?
  • Adam Randell said:
    NIce David..Do you carry a gun when you have that on your back mate!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Arrived today :) Dad's got my old 400D.
    I rearranged to fit the 30D in as well. Usually the divider behind the 70-200 isn't there so I can pack the 5DII in with either the 400 or the 70-200.
    I never had a 100-400 Rodel. Just borrowed one a couple of times. The 400 I've had since late June (early b'day pressie), whereas the 30D is new today.
    I figure I can club any assailants to death with L lenses ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    oh yeah, just like my bag.... not !! I travel very light, my camera, whatever lens I'm using- usually the 17-55 f2.8, and perhaps a 2nd lens, either in that free pouchy bag or a crumpler. I can get 2 lenses in that- plus my mobile phone and a cleaning cloth !!
    I have a better strap though.. one of those optech stretchy jobs !!
    ; P
  • David de Groot said:
    Well the 5DII has the stretchy Smugmug branded Optech-like strap on it.
    Needless to say, the bag has a fair bit of weight in it, and on some trips I'd not cart all this stuff. Theoretically the bag will also hold a 15" laptop, but I think you'd have to have no plans of carrying it on your back if you wanted to do that ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    You will need something with wheels on it soon David to save your back !!
  • looby88 said:
    yeah, a wheelbarrow !!
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol looby - have to pay that one !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, that's why I have children - to act as camera sherpas!
  • tby_v said:
    I had the same bag myself:

    I did an unpacked shot as well:

    It weighed 2stone!!
    I have downsized now, for my back's sake.
  • tby_v said:
  • tby_v said:
    but I have a new one again since I took this, just not got the shot yet....
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    You guys are just showing off now a........But i do like
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol yeah I agree Simon !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, it's definitely got a bit of weight in it fully loaded.
    It's very possible Simon ;-)
    Wrong brand for you though Ming ;-)
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Certainly wouldn't mind that collection. :P How long have you been in photography?
  • tby_v said:
    Me? Or David?
    I have been using an SLR since I was 16, am 40 in 8weeks. Ihave earned 100% of my income as a shooter for 10 years now. before that I was a pro lab tech for 11 years.
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Sounds like starting early is the way to go. One thing I've done right then. :)
    Dave, do you know what the difference is between the 400mm 5.6L and the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L is? Is it in IQ, price, which one do you recommend? I've got a 100-400mm myself, and I was just wanting to get a better idea of the range.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/49276292@N02] Well before buying my 400/5.6L, I borrowed an 100-400L for a month and shot all sorts of things. I found the IS to be pretty poor compared to the 70-200/2.8L IS, and also that I shot mostly at the long end. IQ was ok, but not quite as sharp as I wanted at the 400mm end.
    The 400/5.6L prime though is tack sharp, fast to focus, lighter than the 100-400L and has no zoom and no IS. IQ is better than the 100-400L and it takes the 1.4x TC nicely (albeit AF only works on 1 Series bodies if you have the TC on). It's also cheaper than the 100-400L.
    The lens to watch out for (if money is not an issue) is the new 200-400/4L IS with built in 1.4x TC. Due to hit the stores in Australia by late March (or so my sources tell me).
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Thanks for the feedback, that's definitely answered the question. :) I think I can't really trust myself to always be at a distance that allows 400mm, so the range can be useful in that respect. And I'll certainly be watching for that lens, sounds darn impressive.